Friends of the MBL

Discover the MBL

For more than 125 years, the Marine Biological Laboratory has played a unique and pivotal role in fundamental biological discovery. Since its founding in 1888, the MBL has drawn the world’s greatest minds in science to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to carry out some of their most creative and far-reaching work. More than 50 scientists affiliated with the MBL have been recognized with Nobel Prizes.

Each year, more than 1,000 scientists and students convene in Woods Hole to utilize the unique resources and environment at the MBL, with a strategic focus around four key areas:

-Biological Discovery in Marine Organisms
-Ecology and Climate Change
-Microbial Key to Ocean, Planet, and Human Health
-Seeing the Invisible: Integrating Imaging, Computation, and Biology at the MBL

The MBL’s educational programs emphasize immersive, discovery-based learning. Our advanced research training courses for pre- and postdoctoral trainees are world-renowned, taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields. The MBL also hosts courses for the University of Chicago and other colleges and universities as well as dozens of workshops and conferences. MBL courses are often called “transformative” by students, who are often empowered to pursue science at the very highest levels, informing the manner in which they approach their graduate, postdoctoral or independent research programs.

Become a Friend, and help others Discover the MBL!

Why Join the Friends of the MBL?

As the MBL’s volunteer outreach group, the Friends of the MBL are ambassadors, acting as a link between the MBL and public, planning and promoting community lectures and events such as the MBL Falmouth Forum, or serving as tour guides and exhibit center docents to help others “Discover the MBL.”


Friends of the MBL are expected to make an unrestricted gift to the MBL Discovery Fund each year or commit time as a volunteer, and must also opt-in to become a Friend. Gifts to the Discovery Fund support research and education at the MBL. Donors to the Annual or Alumni Funds are also eligible to become Friends, and membership in the Friends is for one year.

Giving Levels and Benefits:

  • $25 Young Friends
    • Official MBL computer decal
    • Kids T-shirt
  • $50 Friends
    • Official MBL computer decal
    • Adult T-shirt
  • $100 Patrons
    • Official MBL computer decal
    • Classic MBL Sweatshirt
  • $250 Advocates - all of the above, plus:
    • Preferred seating at the Falmouth Forum lecture series
    • 10% discount at the MBL Gift Shop

Volunteer Friends

Those who would rather support the MBL by giving their time must agree to volunteer a minimum number of hours per year. Please contact the Friends of the MBL (; 508-289-7281) for details.

Become a Friend of the MBL

Nancy Bridges
Constituent Events and Visitor Engagement
Tel: 508-289-7281
Email Nancy